A Brisbane couple's wedding guests have watched them take their vows over the internet after the volcanic ash cloud disrupting European flights left them stranded in Dubai.
Sean Murtagh, 24, and Natalie Mead, 30, first tied the knot at a civil ceremony in inner-city New Farm three weeks ago. But Sean's family in the UK could not make it to Queensland so his mother organised a second reception in London. They landed in Dubai on Thursday only to be told, after a 19-hour wait, there would be no connecting flight to England.
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"Everyone pray to volcano gods that I can get on a plane today, or I am going to miss my wedding!" Natalie posted on Facebook. Then Sean asked staff at the Millennium Airport Hotel if they could get an web-video link-up in their room. Staff pulled out all stops for the stranded couple.
"They have decorated the lobby of the hotel. They made us a three-tier wedding cake, set up a laptop with Skype and a projector," Sean said. With 80 guests watching from London, Sean and Natalie renewed their three-week-old vows in Dubai online.
"Bugger if we are going to let a little thing like a volcano stop us from getting married and sharing it with Sean's family and friends," posted Natalie.
Yay, our first wedding story from the Volcano mess! It's too bad that Natalie and Sean didn't get their "big day" but I'm sure that this is a lot more memorable than the standard vow renewal. And it's nice that instead of price-gouging, the hotel is helping wayward travelers. Though, they probably haven't received their bill yet...